Kill or Cure Book Review

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Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton

Publication: February 4th, 2018

Genre: YA Science Fiction 

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Kill or Cure is a YA romance-infused sci-fi novel.
It focuses on human relationships in an undead, apocalyptic world.
A girl who will stop at nothing to protect her brother.
 

In a dystopian world ravaged by infection, society as we know it has fallen to the mouths of the dead. The remaining fragments of civilisation survive in walled compounds, scattered in the depths of the countryside. When her little brother becomes sick with a suspected flu virus, Alyx Silverthorne will do anything to keep Tommy alive. With limited medical supplies and only herbal alternatives, his prospects of surviving this mystery illness are bleak. But saving Tommy is just the beginning. The infected are not the only monsters that exist in this new world, and human nature can be more destructive than the dead. In a race against time, Alyx and her best friend Will stop at nothing to protect him, even from the same people that swore to protect them all. Kill or Cure is a dynamic, multifaceted story of teenage love and gut wrenching loss in a dystopian world.

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Rating:

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Thank you to NetGalley, the publishers, and the author for allowing me to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Zombies. Where were they? I was promised a world ravaged by infection and the dead. But, we only saw two scenes with zombies. This story was a major disappointment you have no idea. Let me explain why. The first 50% of the book was intriguing and kept me going even though we only saw zombies twice at this point. I don’t know if the author just said the hell with it the last 50% or if she lost her train of thought but it ruined the whole story for me. Kill or Cure is about a girl named Alyx or Ally (not really sure since both were used and it was very confusing). Alyx’s younger brother has fallen ill so Alyx and her best friend Will along with her uncle Joe will do anything to keep him alive. He somehow survives the illness and gains abilities that can’t be explained. They have to travel somewhere to find out this strangeness and see if he is the cure to the illness. Honestly, I struggled to summarize this because as I said things got so confusing after a while. I don’t know where the “story of teenage love and gut-wrenching loss” and the “dystopian world ravaged by infection” were but whatever I guess lol. 

Writing

It was ok enough to keep me going. There were no glaring issues but the voices of the characters were flat and they all seemed the same age. The world-building was only so-so because I couldn’t really picture it. The world itself didn’t seem to have a grasp on what it was. The fighting sequences were subpar and it was annoying how they were supposed to be good fighters but would get distracted by the simplest things and get crushed lol like what? It was fast and easy to read. The friendship between the MC and Will was cute if a little odd at times. The best-written character and least annoying was Joe, the uncle. There is an almost rape/assault scene and personally, it was very tasteless and done without tact. The guy is like a cartoon villain that no one takes seriously as someone who can actually harm Alyx though he did several times??? Then when that scene happens it felt like it was done to push some random love triangle romance. It was brushed under the rug, not talked about, she made out with her “savior” that she just met the second after and makes a joke?? I know some people handle things differently but I highly doubt right after something traumatic happens you’re going to make out with a stranger and then have this deep love for them…It was very strange as I said in the second half.

Characters

Truly everyone besides Joe and Will at times was weird and annoying. I didn’t connect with them or care if they found the cure or not. This is a series that I won’t be continuing even with the ambiguous ending. Joe was a really good uncle though and I wish we got more of him or maybe the story should’ve been in his point of view. Will was also interesting enough. Alyx was just boring and truly so strange to me. I didn’t get her actions sometimes especially the second half.

Romance

WHAT ROMANCE????? I was told this was a YA romance infused with sci-fi but I got next to nothing besides that weird-ass stuff going on at the end. There was barely anything with the best friend beside some lingering looks and mild barely there flirting. This whole thing was so strange honestly.

This book might be for someone. Some people loved it but it did not connect or resonate with me sadly. It had potential and I was so excited to read my first ever zombie book but alas here we are. 

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